If you are like most people and have a hectic schedule, making breakfast ahead of time can ensure that you get the nutrition that you need while still getting out the door on time. By creating your breakfast solution the night before you are bringing some systemization into your life that can help to simplify your morning.
Coconut blueberry chia pudding contains a lot of different ingredients that are great for your health. Chia seeds can help to lower your blood pressure and are a great option for healthy fat. The also help to flush the body and provide support for a healthy digestive tract. If you ever have issues with constipation chia seeds are a good way to help move your bowels. They have high fibre and when mixed with a liquid become like a gel. This “pudding” can be modified with the addition of different fruits or spices.
Here are the main benefits of chia seeds:
1. With Chia Seeds, you Receive Massive Nutritional Value with few Calories
Chia seeds are derived from the plant Salvia Hispanica and are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. This plant grows everywhere in South America. This modern day super food provides sustainable energy to fuel your day. One ounce of chia seeds contains 11 grams of fibre, 4 grams of protein, 5 grams of omega-3 fat, calcium, manganese, phosphorus and magnesium.
2. Most of the Carbs in Chia Seeds are Fiber
If you examine the nutritional profile of chia seeds, you will find that there are 12 grams of carbohydrates in one ounce. 11 grams are a fibre that are not digested by the body and does not raise the blood sugar. Since insulin is not needed to eliminate fibre, it is not counted as a carb since the true carb content is only 1 gram per ounce, making it a low-carb food. When chia seeds are soaked in water they absorb as much as 12 times their weight in water and have a gel-like consistency, filling your stomach and helping you to feel full. The effect of this is that the absorption of your food slows causing you to eat fewer calories. Your gut bacteria need to be well fed and eating foods that are high in fibre accomplishes this. Chia seeds are around 40% fibre, making them one of the top sources of fibre in the world.
Here is the ingredients list:
1 cup of chia seeds (they can be white or black)
1 cup of coconut milk (full fat) – water can be added if you want extra liquid
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
3 tablespoons of shredded coconut
1 – 2 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey
Pinch of salt
1 cup of blueberries (or another fresh fruit option)
Directions: Mix all of these ingredients together in a large bowl and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes until the chia seeds have absorbed the liquid and start to expand. If the mixture starts to become dry, and you cannot move a spoon through it, you will need to add more liquid. Once it has been fully mixed, you can spoon the mixture into a large mason jar, or you can mix it into smaller jars that are easy to take with you to work or on the go. This mixture can be stored in your fridge for four days without fruit added and three days with fruit added. In the morning, add your fresh fruit topping in or skip it altogether if you are trying to cut down on sugar.